Is removing Maskol a must between layers?

Discussion in 'Prop Building Workshop' started by VIARPE, Aug 12, 2017 at 11:05 PM.


    VIARPE Jr Member

    Hello everyone.
    I'm gonna do all paintwork of the costume with airbrush acrylics. I'l be using Humbrol's maskol to do the layering. I allways see people peeling off all maskol between layers and then re-applying over it. Why do they do this? wouldn't it be quicker to just let it there and then remove all maskol?

  2. Mullreel

    Mullreel Well-Known Member

    I think it is pretty vital. One you need to check what you just did. How bad would it be to not remove it go on to layer after layer only to find out at the end that you screwed up the first layer.
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    VIARPE Jr Member

    Oh but technically it isnt right? I mean, it will still peel off after 5 layers.
  4. Mullreel

    Mullreel Well-Known Member

    Technically you could just pile it up layer after layer. But I think the results would be less than optimum.
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  5. Darth Voorhees

    Darth Voorhees Well-Known Member

    I've done it for 2 colors, and it came out just fine. I wouldn't do more layers than that though. I've done it on armor when i masked the silver and then the yellow, although now i hand paint on the yellow like the movie suits were done. On the helmets I've done the silver and the grey since both of those colors are on the entire helmet (speaking for ESB helmets) But i haven't done it beyond that.
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  6. Jangos kid

    Jangos kid Well-Known Member

    I've done up to 3layers, but the more layers you do, the harder it comes off!!! Also depends how thick you put your paint on. For something like a heavy application from a rattle can, you really don't want to try more than one layer. If airbrushed and put on thin enough, you can do more. For stubborn areas, you may have to go in with a toothpick and carefully pick at some spots. I really don't recommend doing it....but it can be done.
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    VIARPE Jr Member

    Ty all.
    I'm airbrushing so I'll do 3 layers at a time :)

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